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Newsletter 90, Autumn 2010 © Hampshire Mills Group
 

Presidential Notes  by John Silman

MAY

Thursday 20th  An early start for a most interesting visit to 4 textile mills in the Golden Valley at Stroud in Gloucestershire.  All arranged by Andy and, to cap it all, driven by him in our usual minibus.

Sunday 30th  Tony and I had yet another very busy day at our member John Lovell’s Open Day at Petersfield.   This event seems to attract more people each year and this year the visitors completely  filled all the space available.  Each year John dedicates the money raised to a particular cancer charity.  John, thanks yet again!

JUNE

Friday 4th  I spoke to Southern Water Retirees on the “History of Milling”  at Otterbourne, which they seemed to enjoy.

Sunday 13th  Whilst attending a ruby wedding at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu, I took the opportunity to look in the windows of the tide Mill.  I was disappointed to find that it appears just as we had left it, after cleaning out the debris of the  roof  following  the fire.

Monday 14th  Alison Stott and I spent a busy day cutting and clearing weed from the head races of Whitchurch  Silk Mill.  It’s really hard work wearing chest waders and stumbling about trying not to fall over!!

Wednesday 16th  Spoke to the Southampton 41 Club on the “History of the Postcard”.  They kindly invited me to dinner at the Yacht Club – and then I had to sing for my supper!  They also gave me a donation for H.M.G.   Many thanks 41.

Friday 25th  A delightful meeting of the group in fine weather at Crux Easton.  Most people brought food and drink.  The Wind Engine did not quite have enough breeze to run continuously.  Many thanks to Lyn and Carol and of course John C. For their hospitality and thank you all for coming.


Tony Yoward Manning the stand at Lord's Farm Open Day

Saturday 26th  Milling at Longbridge.  Considerable trouble with youngsters removing and taking away the “greedy” boards that we use to raise the level of the headrace.  We shall be glad when it’s not warm enough to encourage the children to get into the water.

 JULY

Wednesday 14th   I went with Mick Edgeworth to inspect Hockley and Chase Mills before the visit of Sussex Mills Group on Wednesday next.

Wednesday 21st  I was at Hockley Mill in the afternoon in order to help to answer questions about Hockley’s unusual geartrains.  We are not yet able to run the repaired wheel but hope to have it running for National Heritage Weekend in September.

Saturday 24th  Margaret and I attended the morning session of the Hampshire Water Festival at Staunton Country Park.  Plenty of people arriving to ask questions, but all seemed to have long pockets and short arms!

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